After my four years of postgraduate study of animal behaviour, you might expect that I’d be expert at training our pets. Well, I hate to disappoint you, but I’m hopeless. Not quick enough. Not sharp enough. And way too soft. I grasp the theory, but fail the practical.

I do TRY however and have recently started taking our Labrador Lila to a second round of obedience training. The first round occurred when she was only five months’ old, which gave me the convenient excuse of her being too young. Now that she’s approaching her first birthday, I can claim that her bad habits are hard to break because she’s too old…